Carnegiea gigantea, Giant Saguaro

Southwest Desert Flora

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Cirsium ochrocentrum, Yellowspine Thistle

Cylindropuntia kleiniae, Klein's Pencil Cactus

Cylindropuntia kleiniae, Klein's Pencil Cactus Southwest Desert Flora Cylindropuntia kleiniae, Klein's Pencil Cactus Southwest Desert Flora Cylindropuntia kleiniae, Klein's Pencil Cactus Southwest Desert Flora Cylindropuntia kleiniae, Klein's Pencil Cactus Southwest Desert Flora

Scientific Name: Cylindropuntia kleiniae
Common Name: Klein's Pencil Cactus
Also Called: Klein Cholla; (Spanish: Tasajillo)
Family: Cactaceae, Cactus Family
Synonyms: (Opuntia kleiniae)
Status: Native
Duration: Perennial
Size: Up to 7 feet tall.
Growth Form: Shrub; scraggly and openly branched, joints 4 to 12 inches long.
Leaves: Leaves modified into spines or glochids and emerging from areoles.
Flower Color: Pink or magenta;
Flowering Season: May and June. Chihuahuan Desert
Elevation: 2,500 to 5,500 feet.
Habitat Preferences: Creosote bush and mesquite flat, limestone rocky slopes.
Recorded Range: In the United States Klein's Pencil Cactus is found in NM, TX and possibly in OK. It is also native to northeast Mexico. Klein's Pencil Cactus is found in NM, OK and TX.

U.S. Weed Information:
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Genus Information: 20 species Cylindropuntia in the United States and Canada.

Comments: Klein's Pencil Cactus is mostly found within Chihuahuan desert habitats.

Klein's Pencil Cactus, Cylindropuntia kleiniae is in a group of cacti sometimes referred to as "pencil chollas"; it is similar to and closely related to Arizona Pencil Cholla, Cylindropuntia arbuscula and to Christmas Cholla, Cylindropuntia leptocaulis.

References: Date Profile Completed: 06/07/2015, 07/15/2015
U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service on-line database and USGS ITIS search
http://plants.usda.gov/core/profile?symbol=CYAR14
Donald J. Pinkava, FNA | Family List | FNA Vol. 4 | Cactaceae| Page 104, 106, 107 | Cylindropuntia | Flora of North America Editorial Committee, eds. 1993+. Flora of North America North of Mexico. 16+ vols. New York and Oxford. (accessed 07-Jun-2015).
1969, Benson, Lyman, The Cacti of Arizona, The University of Arizona Press, Tucson, Arizona.